MAIL & GUARDIAN: Thought Leader

The things we lost in the fire

The fight for equality is valid but the burning down of our universities is not the revolution or decolonisation any of us should want

Democracy and open society in Zimbabwe 41 years after independence

A full 41 years after ‘freedom’, many Zimbabweans still strive for what they sought then – the enjoyment of their fundamental human rights and freedoms

The sports world is failing to protect the human rights of women athletes

Caster Semenya’s case and that of other black women athletes spells bad news for the human rights of women in sport, including their right to dignity and equality

Police brutality: Citizens are just as much to blame

Even though it is the officers who carry out the physical force, it is our prejudice that lays fertile ground for the abuse of power to entrench itself

Zuma’s mollycoddling is justified criminologically, but not the damage he did to the country

The attempts of the ANC’s top six to convince the former president to attend the Zondo hearings is a good example of an integrative shaming measure

Could innovation in payments and e-commerce expand intra-African trade?

The African Continental Free Trade Area going live heralds exciting times for tech innovation in payments, e-commerce and trade across Africa

Conspiracy theories: Do your research and question ‘facts’

People’s powerful belief in their views, in defiance of specialists in a subject, are amplified by social media and are then viewed as fact — when in fact it’s false

US needs a gutsy Biden now

With political polarisations running deep after a divisive Trump presidency, the new administration will need to rid the country of crises on several fronts

Healing herbs and heritage

For a lot of Africans, traditional and Western medicine have a symbiotic relationship and are not deemed opposites

Namibia’s Blue Book of record: Part one

On 27 January, the world remembers the victims of the Holocaust, but it is also worth remembering the victims of Germany’s other, earlier genocide in Namibia. A rare book, commissioned by Britain in the early 1900s, stands as a record of the crimes against the Herero and the Nama

Trade with America thrived under Trump

Mutual mistrust there may have been, but economic activity between South Africa and the superpower remained robust. Now exports must diversify and create jobs

Resilience after blowing the whistle

Success demands effort, but specifically effort expended on the right ventures for the right reasons — this is worth remembering when times are hard, such as when I blew the whistle on my employer for withholding information relevant to the state capture inquiry

Businesses not always free to keep the peace

Why is the private sector in Africa more likely to hinder instead of help peaceful development?

Revisiting an old favourite in the new Star Trek: Discovery

Viewers will find in the series an exemplar of the exploration of forms of otherness most people have never dreamed of, as well as of divergent ways to act in unison

The paradox of customary marriages

Just because they are performed differently from civil unions does not mean they don’t come with the same responsibilities — people just don’t know it

The story as a creative psychological quest

To combat anxiety in a disrupted, pandemic-riddled world, it’s better to channel creativity into storytelling, art and design than into conspiracy theories

The devil is going down to Georgia

But it might be best for everyone, Democrats included, if they lost the senate elections

Political elites, not foreigners, are to blame for South Africa’s problems

What if we told foreigners to voetsek? We have fallen victim to the illusion of scarcity. And we are led to wrongly believe immigrants are a threat

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